bdnews24.com reports that state-owned cellco Teletalk – which launched the country’s first W-CDMA/HSPA 3G mobile service last month – is set to offer new packages of smartphones with 3G SIM cards from February next year to popularise the high speed service. A company official told the newspaper that its new range of 3G handsets would be priced cheaper than competing products in the market. Teletalk says it has sold 30,000 3G SIM cards since launching the network on 14 October, but has received feedback suggesting that take-up would rise rapidly if it lowered the cost of obtaining a 3G SIM and handset. Teletalk’s general manager of sales and marketing, Habibur Rahman, was quoted as saying that the technology is being ‘steadily accepted’ by subscribers, with the rate of sale of 3G SIMs on the rise. In addition to services such as videocalling and high speed mobile internet access, Teletalk 3G users can initially access five streaming television channels on their cell phone, namely Bangladesh Television (BTV), Shomoy Television, RTV, MyTV and GTV. Customers can sign up at 1,500 retail points and eight special customer care centres in Dhaka, with Teletalk aiming to sell 400,000 3G SIMs in the capital city initially.
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